Sri Lanka up two notches on Corruption Perceptions Index 2015

Jan 28, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has been ranked 83rd among 168 countries in the 2015 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index showing a marginal improvement on its 85th place in 2014.

The index which ranks countries according to the perceived level of public sector corruption is based on a scoring system that ranges between 0 (public sector perceived as highly corrupt) to 100 (public sector perceived as very clean).

Two-thirds of the 168 countries assessed scored below 50. In 2015 Sri Lanka has scored 37 points, which marks a slight decline on the 2014 score of 38 points.

This indicates that from the perspective of business people and country experts, based on data sources from independent institutions specialising in governance and business climate analysis, the perception of the extent of corruption in the Sri Lankan public sector has slightly worsened.

“The potential wider public dissemination of public servant asset declarations, the long awaited enactment of the RTI Bill and the government signing up to the Open Government Partnership can yield dividends in 2016.” the Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka, Asoka Obeyesekere said.

Sri Lanka is clubbed together with four other countries – Benin, China, Colombia and Liberia – all with a score of 37.

Among the South Asian countries Sri Lanka ranks third below Bhutan and India. Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are ranked below.

Denmark took the top spot for the 2nd year running, with Finland, Sweden and New Zealand making up the top four.

North Korea and Somalia were ranked at the bottom.  Austria, Czech Republic, Jordan and Kuwait were the biggest gainers while the biggest decliners are Brazil, Guatemala and Lesotho.

CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2015

Rank Country/territory 2015 Score 2014 Score 2013 Score 2012 Score
1 Denmark 91 92 91 90
2 Finland 90 89 89 90
3 Sweden 89 87 89 88
4 New Zealand 88 91 91 90
5 Netherlands 87 83 83 84
5 Norway 87 86 86 85
7 Switzerland 86 86 85 86
8 Singapore 85 84 86 87
9 Canada 83 81 81 84
10 Germany 81 79 78 79
10 Luxembourg 81 82 80 80
10 United Kingdom 81 78 76 74
13 Australia 79 80 81 85
13 Iceland 79 79 78 82
15 Belgium 77 76 75 75
16 Austria 76 72 69 69
16 United States 76 74 73 73
18 Hong Kong 75 74 75 77
18 Ireland 75 74 72 69
18 Japan 75 76 74 74
21 Uruguay 74 73 73 72
22 Qatar 71 69 68 68
23 Chile 70 73 71 72
23 Estonia 70 69 68 64
23 France 70 69 71 71
23 United Arab Emirates 70 70 69 68
27 Bhutan 65 65 63 63
28 Botswana 63 63 64 65
28 Portugal 63 63 62 63
30 Poland 62 61 60 58
30 Taiwan 62 61 61 61
32 Cyprus 61 63 63 66
32 Israel 61 60 61 60
32 Lithuania 61 58 57 54
35 Slovenia 60 58 57 61
36 Spain 58 60 59 65
37 Czech Republic 56 51 48 49
37 Korea (South) 56 55 55 56
37 Malta 56 55 56 57
40 Cape Verde 55 57 58 60
40 Costa Rica 55 54 53 54
40 Latvia 55 55 53 49
40 Seychelles 55 55 54 52
44 Rwanda 54 49 53 53
45 Jordan 53 49 45 48
45 Mauritius 53 54 52 57
45 Namibia 53 49 48 48
48 Georgia 52 52 49 52
48 Saudi Arabia 52 49 46 44
50 Bahrain 51 49 48 51
50 Croatia 51 48 48 46
50 Hungary 51 54 54 55
50 Slovakia 51 50 47 46
54 Malaysia 50 52 50 49
55 Kuwait 49 44 43 44
56 Cuba 47 46 46 48
56 Ghana 47 48 46 45
58 Greece 46 43 40 36
58 Romania 46 43 43 44
60 Oman 45 45 47 47
61 Italy 44 43 43 42
61 Lesotho 44 49 49 45
61 Montenegro 44 42 44 41
61 Senegal 44 43 41 36
61 South Africa 44 44 42 43
66 Sao Tome and Principe 42 42 42 42
66 The FYR of Macedonia 42 45 44 43
66 Turkey 42 45 50 49
69 Bulgaria 41 43 41 41
69 Jamaica 41 38 38 38
71 Serbia 40 41 42 39
72 El Salvador 39 39 38 38
72 Mongolia 39 39 38 36
72 Panama 39 37 35 38
72 Trinidad and Tobago 39 38 38 39
76 Bosnia and Herzegovina 38 39 42 42
76 Brazil 38 43 42 43
76 Burkina Faso 38 38 38 38
76 India 38 38 36 36
76 Thailand 38 38 35 37
76 Tunisia 38 40 41 41
76 Zambia 38 38 38 37
83 Benin 37 39 36 36
83 China 37 36 40 39
83 Colombia 37 37 36 36
83 Liberia 37 37 38 41
83 Sri Lanka 37 38 37 40
88 Albania 36 33 31 33
88 Algeria 36 36 36 34
88 Egypt 36 37 32 32
88 Indonesia 36 34 32 32
88 Morocco 36 39 37 37
88 Peru 36 38 38 38
88 Suriname 36 36 36 37
95 Armenia 35 37 36 34
95 Mali 35 32 28 34
95 Mexico 35 35 34 34
95 Philippines 35 38 36 34
99 Bolivia 34 35 34 34
99 Djibouti 34 34 36 36
99 Gabon 34 37 34 35
99 Niger 34 35 34 33
103 Dominican Republic 33 32 29 32
103 Ethiopia 33 33 33 33
103 Kosovo 33 33 33 34
103 Moldova 33 35 35 36
107 Argentina 32 34 34 35
107 Belarus 32 31 29 31
107 Cote d’Ivoire 32 32 27 29
107 Ecuador 32 33 35 32
107 Togo 32 29 29 30
112 Honduras 31 29 26 28
112 Malawi 31 33 37 37
112 Mauritania 31 30 30 31
112 Mozambique 31 31 30 31
112 Vietnam 31 31 31 31
117 Pakistan 30 29 28 27
117 Tanzania 30 31 33 35
119 Azerbaijan 29 29 28 27
119 Guyana 29 30 27 28
119 Russia 29 27 28 28
119 Sierra Leone 29 31 30 31
123 Gambia 28 29 28 34
123 Guatemala 28 32 29 33
123 Kazakhstan 28 29 26 28
123 Kyrgyzstan 28 27 24 24
123 Lebanon 28 27 28 30
123 Madagascar 28 28 28 32
123 Timor-Leste 28 28 30 33
130 Cameroon 27 27 25 26
130 Iran 27 27 25 28
130 Nepal 27 29 31 27
130 Nicaragua 27 28 28 29
130 Paraguay 27 24 24 25
130 Ukraine 27 26 25 26
136 Comoros 26 26 28 28
136 Nigeria 26 27 25 27
136 Tajikistan 26 23 22 22
139 Bangladesh 25 25 27 26
139 Guinea 25 25 24 24
139 Kenya 25 25 27 27
139 Laos 25 25 26 21
139 Papua New Guinea 25 25 25 25
139 Uganda 25 26 26 29
145 Central African Republic 24 24 25 26
146 Congo Republic 23 23 22 26
147 Chad 22 22 19 19
147 Democratic Republic of the Congo 22 22 22 21
147 Myanmar 22 21 21 15
150 Burundi 21 20 21 19
150 Cambodia 21 21 20 22
150 Zimbabwe 21 21 21 20
153 Uzbekistan 19 18 17 17
154 Eritrea 18 18 20 25
154 Syria 18 20 17 26
154 Turkmenistan 18 17 17 17
154 Yemen 18 19 18 23
158 Haiti 17 19 19 19
158 Guinea-Bissau 17 19 19 25
158 Venezuela 17 19 20 19
161 Iraq 16 16 16 18
161 Libya 16 18 15 21
163 Angola 15 19 23 22
163 South Sudan 15 15 14 N/A
165 Sudan 12 11 11 13
166 Afghanistan 11 12 8 8
167 Korea (North) 8 8 8 8
167 Somalia 8 8 8 8